Sloppy joes

Sloppy joes are such an easy meal and loved by so many. It’s one of those meals you feel safe making for truly any event. Who needs to use a can of manwich or a seasoning pack when you can simply make it yourself using wholesome ingredients. Why not wow your guests with a sloppy joe that has amazing flavor. You might even welcome skipping the bun and just eating it with a spoon. It’s that good!

With this recipe, I wanted to make sure it included lots of onions, peppers and garlic…the good stuff! Follow along and soon you’ll be enjoying some too!


Shopping ingredients for sloppy joes:

  • 2 pounds of 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 green pepper -diced
  • 1 Red pepper -diced (use half)
  • 1 jalapeño -diced (remove seeds)
  • 1 yellow onion -diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic -minced
  • 1 pack of hamburger buns
  • Salt and pepper- season to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Bread & butter pickles (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups of Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Let’s get started….

Start by rinsing and drying your peppers. Then dice your onion, peppers and garlic, and add them to your prep plate.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan, once it’s melted, add your 2 pounds of ground beef. Sauté and break it up into small pieces.

After it’s cooked, do not drain. Push the meat to one side and add your onions, peppers and garlic. Everything that is on your prep plate.

Sauté and season with salt and pepper. Then mix together and cook on low. Now get your other ingredients ready.

Add 1 1/2 cups ketchup, 2 tablespoons tomato paste and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Then your seasoning. Add 1 teaspoon ground mustard, 2 teaspoons chili powder, and 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. Then season with a dash of salt and pepper.


Add 1 cup of water and mix. Cook on low.

This is when you give it one last taste. Season if needed.
We topped ours with our bread and butter pickles- future blog post

And there you go. It’s now time to add the sloppy joe mixture to a bun.

We love to top ours with bread and butter pickles. But you definitely don’t need to. They are delicious even by itself. You could also try any sweet or regular pickles, or even some diced onions on top.

Just add chips and dip, and beans and you have yourself a meal! So easy and so dang delicious!

Dig in,



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